Landscapes: Coastal to Urban
The exhibition runs from May 19 to August 2, 2019
Landscape: Coastal to Urban, artists show the diverse expression of the landscape as a subject. In the second half of the 20th century, the definition of landscape was challenged and pressed to include concepts like urban, cultural, industrial and architectural. Landscape photography like painting continues to evolve and rise in popularity. American artists such as Brett Weston and Ansel Adam’s early works have become defining images of the American landscape. Today, the landscape continues to be a subject artists turn to when contemplating the ways we relate to the places where we live and the impact we as humans have on the land.
– Jude Amsel Gallery Curator
BORIS LYUBNER I take particular joy in observing the nuances of everyday life; en Plein Air sessions – in the city, by the water, on the road – take me outside to experience the mystique of lighting. This is how I am practicing landscape and still life paintings. It is my laboratory and my training ground. It’s a deeply satisfying process, which starts from the first touch of a blank canvas or a paper, by oil on my palette knife or by watercolor on my brush or with charcoal in my hand. When I finish a painting, the artistic process is far from over. The ultimate goal of my undertaking is to see how my explorations of the depth of space, of harmony of colors and of lines in the composition, and my creation’s sheer artistic energy will strike not just me, but also other observers in the gallery. I hope that the subject matter may affect them the same way as it is inspired me when I started the painting. I seek to capture life in front of me in the way that engages the viewer in a visual dialogue, moving forward and backward across the plane of my canvass.
VIOLET BAXTER I want to grasp the elusive, transparent light with color. I love reflective light, night lights, daylight, reflections, and the state of mind this brings me. I like the thought that anything I look at, no matter how mundane, can reach a kind of visual poetry. I enjoy subtlety, quietness, looking out, and from that looking within myself. In these things, when expressed through painting and drawing I experience the power of being here and alive.
JAKE WALLACE Jake is a native New Yorker, artist, designer, photographer and dad. He sees beauty where many others see decay and has been shooting street textures and urban architecture for over 15 years. Jake combines his passion for design, typography, painting, printmaking, and photography to create mixed media works inspired by the urban and industrial landscapes of his hometown, New York City.
MARLA LIPKIN Leaving the city landscape of buildings, neighborhoods and roads to escape to open spaces filled with light and beauty has been a propelling force in my life and my work. There’s a whole new palette of color, texture and form once you get out into the landscape. Ultimately, the landscape dictates the painting, but the ‘feeling’ and interpretation, or expression of what I see is what I paint. What I want is for the viewer to feel that they can ‘walk’ into my painting, and be there, experience the moment.
BARRY STERN Photo Noir images of Southern California’s distinct visual environment reflect an ever present movie set styling. Film noir, the parent of Photo Noir developed out of a war/post-war ambience with an undercurrent of moral conflict. Utilizing black and white higher contrast imagery, gritty perspectives and harsh lighting that was evident in the crime and sci-fi movie stagings of the late 40’s and 50’s, California in particular remains faithful to this vision.